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Geoff Barrow has yet another project
06-03-2012 | 0 comments
Portishead's Geoff Barrow, man of many side ventures, recently told FACT that he's got a collaborative album in the works with soundtrack composer Ben Salisbury. The two will release a full-length under... read more »
No anniversary reissue of 'Dummy-work on new album
21-09-2011 | 0 comments
Portishead have vowed not to release any special editions of their records - unless they're forced into it contractually by their label. The Bristol band's acclaimed debut LP 'Dummy' will celebrate... read more »
Portishead on Coldplay's fireworks
24-07-2011 | 0 comments
Geoff Barrow has hit out at Coldplay and the "fucking fireworks" they let off during their live appearances. Asked by Pitchfork what his least favourite thing about playing a European festival was,... read more »
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Portishead

Portishead songsMost popular Portishead songs (see all 40 songs)
1Nylon Smile lyrics-
2Mysterons lyrics-
3It Could Be Sweet lyrics-
4Small lyrics-
5Fun For Me lyrics-
6It's A Fire lyrics-
7Pedestal lyrics-
8Threads lyrics-
9Sour Times lyrics-
10Cowboys lyrics-

Portishead albumsMost popular Portishead albums (see all 6 albums)
1Dummy [1994]1,603
2Portishead [1997]4,481
3Pearl [1999]8,998
4Third [2008]-
5Pnyc [1998]-
6Glory Times [1995]-


Biography
ABOUT THE BAND:

Though their sounds may be borrowed from the past, Portishead--along with Tricky, Massive Attack and others--are considered one of the pioneers of trip-hop, a fusion of hip-hop, rock and ambient electronica. Heavily influenced by both American hip-hop and '60s spy soundtracks, Portishead twist and warp the past to create a new, darker and more personal sound.

The group was founded by Geoff Barrow, who moved to the tiny town of Portishead, England (just outside Bristol) with his mother when he was 13 years old. As a teen he played the drums, but he learned how to sample and mix records when he landed his first job at age 18 as a tape operator at the Coach House Studios. There he met Massive Attack and many other artists, wrote three demos for Neneh Cherry's HomeBrew album and assisted Tricky in the production of a track for a charity album. Barrow has also remixed singles for Gabrielle, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream and Paul Weller , as well as doing production work for Carleen Anderson and Monie Love. In 1991, Barrow met singer Beth Gibbons and the two forged a creative partnership as Portishead, with Barrows composing the music and Gibbons writing the accompanying lyrics. Dave McDonald (sound engineer and owner of the State Of The Art studios) and Adrian Utley (a jazz player who's worked with numerous Blue Note artists and on some film soundtracks) also aided in the writing, performing and producing of Portishead's first and only full-length album, 1994's Dummy. The album was extremely successful due to the popularity of its single "Sour Times," which received massive radio and MTV play in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Dummy is one dark, scary trip. Down-tempo, bass-heavy beats, spooky samples of jazz and spy music, and Gibbons' sad/scared/seductive vocals create a rich, emotionally-charged soundscape. Portishead has also contributed to a number of compilations, most notably the Stealing Beauty soundtrack.

© Dori Merifield





ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Following the Mercury Music Prize award, Barrow retreated to Coach House to begin work on Portishead's second album. The self-titled record finally appeared in September 1997. The live PNYC followed late the next year. The self-titled record finally appeared in September 1997. Portishead went on hiatus starting in 1999, and Barrow, Utley and Gibbons worked on their own projects
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The sonics on Portishead would make it an impressive follow-up, but what seals its success is the remarkable songwriting. Throughout the album, the group crafts impeccable modern-day torch songs, from the frightening, repetitive "Cowboys" to the horn-punctuated "All Mine," which justify the detailed, engrossing production. The end result is an album that reveals more with each listen and becomes more captivating and haunting each time it's played.



In 2008, a decade after their last album, Portishead returned with Third, the trio's most challenging, unpredictable work yet.
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Third feels more modern than any of those computer-corrected tracks as the group's very sensibility mirrors the 21st century, where the past is always present. Then, of course, there's that rich, fathomless darkness that Third offers, something that mirrors the troubled days of the new century but is also true to that shimmering, seductive melancholy of Dummy. Here, the sad sounds aren't quite so soothing, but that human element of Portishead gives them a sense of comfort, just as it intensifies their sense of mystery, for it is the flaws -- often quite intentional -- that give this an unknowable soul and make Third utterly riveting and endlessly absorbing.


SOURCE: www.allmusic.com

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41 Comments
01-06-2013 07:09 kittycat09
 
2 posts
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@ The Rip

I'd like to ride the white horse
01-03-2012 08:59 cristine84
cristine84
 
46 posts
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@ Roads

Beth just sounds helpless.. More helpless than ever...
11-11-2011 15:46 kouta55
kouta55
 
188 posts
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my favorite electronic band
26-03-2011 05:11 starbuckslover
starbuckslover
 
282 posts
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@ Glory Box

So relaxing
19-05-2008 06:57 mafersosa29
 
8 posts
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@ The Rip

Perfect.

Absolutely PERFECT.
06-11-2007 06:41 mafersosa29
 
8 posts
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@ Roads


brilliant.
13-07-2007 14:59 palillolt
 
10 posts
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@ Sour Times

awesome song
13-07-2007 14:55 palillolt
 
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@ Roads

speechless
13-07-2007 14:14 palillolt
 
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@ Humming

>
16-05-2007 16:32 DirtyBlueAngel
 
2,218 posts
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This song is beautiful. It first came to my attention on the L word, and I now love it. Gorgeous! x